Sabarimala: SC to hear review petitions on January 22, refuses to stay earlier verdict

Devotees pay obeisance at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Nov 13, 2018, 04.29 PM (IST)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stated that it would hear the review petitions against its Sabarimala verdict on January 22, adding that it will be an open court hearing. The apex court refused to stay its earlier verdict in the case.

The top court on Tuesday made it clear that fresh pleas, relating to the Sabarimala Temple, will be heard only after it decides the earlier petitions seeking review of the judgement allowing entry of women of all age groups into the shrine in Kerala.

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"Writ petitions will be heard after the orders in the review petitions," the bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said while hearing the three fresh petitions filed by G Vijaya Kumar, S Jaya Rajkumar and Shailaja Vijayan challenging its September 28 verdict.

On September 28, the Supreme Court of India pronounced its verdict allowing the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Temple.

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A five-judge constitution bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said the ban amounted to gender discrimination.